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5 books that have changed my life

5 Books that have Changed My Life

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Say what you want to say about self help books, but I learn something from every book that I read. Sure, some of these books make me roll my eyes the whole time as I read, because they sound so obvious and forced. However, from every self help book, (or any other book), I take a lesson that I find myself applying in my life.

I don’t want to be overly dramatic by saying these 5 books have changed my life; but sure enough there is a lesson or two that I have learned from them that have created some form of impact in my life. Here is my list of impactful books and the lesson I borrowed from them.

  1. Quiet- The Power Of Introverts in a World That Cannot Stop Talking – Susan Cain

Most times, when I tell people that I am an introvert, they don’t believe me. This is because I am very opinionated, vocal, have no problem at all addressing groups of people (I lecture in colleges and conduct training sessions). What those people don’t know is that when I am not standing in front of groups, I am curled up in my house reading, cooking, sleeping, watching something interesting or being inside my head over-thinking stuff. For the longest time, I didn’t know I was an introvert too. I tried keeping up with social events, which bore me within the first half hour then wondering what’s wrong with me and why I couldn’t enjoy hanging out with people for much longer. Often time, I was branded as snobbish, anti social or cold. Continue reading

urgent vs important

The Battle of the Urgent vs Important

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Most of us struggle in balancing the urgent with the important. The urgent is that which has a deadline, and you need to have it done to keep your job, or to keep that client. Urgent makes us feel very good about ourselves. We feel important, needed and very useful. We concentrate on the urgent, we give it our all.

Examples of urgent:

  • Answering emails
  • Working on a job that has a deadline
  • Attending meetings, even when they have no agenda
  • That which will make us look good to our superiors

It keeps us busy all day and at the end of the day we feel very good for getting it done, all the time, while important lies somewhere untouched.

What is important?

  • That personal project you’ve been meaning to start
  • That master’s thesis you’ve been intending to get ready for defense
  • That work project that was allocated to you, aside from your job description
  • That book you’ve been saying forever you’ll start writing
  • Updating that CV so you can start applying for new job
  • That proposal for a new client for your side hustle
  • That course you’ve been meaning to enroll for because it will boost your career

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